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The top police official in Suffolk has spoken of the 'staggering' number of offences on the region's roads.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said criminal motorists should 'hang their heads in shame', as it was revealed mobile sites set up by officers around Suffolk had captured 52,045 offences since the start of last year.

Mr Passmore was addressing a conference held at Kesgrave Community Centre on July 29.

Officers engaged directly with members of the public at the conference. Picture: Suffolk Police
Officers engaged directly with members of the public at the conference. Picture: Suffolk Police

Suffolk Constabulary called the meeting to highlight the measures they are taking to ensure the county's roads are safe.

Mr Passmore said of offending drivers: "There is no place on the highway for this kind of behaviour."

Speaking of the police's role in monitoring such behaviour, he stated: "The core mission of policing is about protecting lives and keeping our roads clear.

Tesla and Sentinel vehicles were exhibited on the day. Picture: Suffolk Police
Tesla and Sentinel vehicles were exhibited on the day. Picture: Suffolk Police

"This event shows a real commitment from the Constabulary and ourselves to do what we can to keep the traffic free flowing and safe.

"Every road user does have a personal responsibility in the way they drive, walk or cycle. We all know what should be done. Please remember that the awareness you have is really, really important.

"I am still staggered at the number of offences that we find. These people should hang their heads in shame - there is no place on the highway for this kind of behaviour."

Officers engaged directly with members of the public at the conference. Picture: Suffolk Police
Officers engaged directly with members of the public at the conference. Picture: Suffolk Police

After Mr Passmore spoke, Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, head of Suffolk Constabulary's Joint Roads and Armed Policing Team, singled out the work of his team over the past year.

He disclosed that 1,832 car seizures and 1,272 arrests had been executed between 2021 and 2022.

Safety camera and central ticket office manager Phil Payne spoke of the Safety Camera Partnership, involving the installation of fixed recording devices at traffic hotspots.

Five of these have been put up in Suffolk to date, and Mr Payne said these have consistently reduced road casualties by between 40 and 50 per cent.

In addition, the Constabulary's 600 mobile sites have documented 52,045 offences since the beginning of 2021.

Chief Constable Steve Jupp said: "The core mission of policing is about protecting lives and keeping our roads clear.

"I think sometimes people don’t feel that, in the police service, we perceive that as part of our core mission, but I can assure you today that we do. Everything we do is planned around that.

"We do an awful lot of work here to deny criminals the use of our road networks and I’m really proud of the current outcomes we're achieving.

"We are one of the safest counties in the UK and we should be really proud of that because we all played a role in making it happen."